January 25, 2019 | Issue # 130
Earlier today in the Community College Daily, we announced a significant partnership between AACC and the U.S. Department of Labor, which will result in training 16,000 new apprentices over the next 3 years. This partnership speaks to the confidence that the department has in our sector to deliver on the promise of dramatically increasing the number of apprentices entering the workforce. Community colleges are well-known for providing high-quality, affordable, inclusive, flexible, and industry-relevant registered and/or industry-recognized apprenticeship programs to the communities that they serve. To that end, we are extremely excited to launch this initiative with 80 community colleges from across the country to advance this workforce priority. In the coming weeks, AACC will release criteria for the 80 colleges which as a minimum will include having a proven track record of success in the apprenticeship space. We will continue to keep you updated on this project as it advances.
In a conservative North Carolina county, Alamance Community College (ACC) in November secured approval for a $39.6 million bond package. How ACC won highlights the value of laying a solid foundation through community connections, relationship building, and strategic partnerships five years in the making. Read about it in CC Daily.
A program through Shasta College and Shasta County in California provides formerly incarcerated community members with educational opportunities that result in employment. Learn more at the AACC 21st Century Center.
AACC and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will host a convening of community college and K-12 leaders March 24–25, 2019, in Washington, DC, to discuss college and career readiness for the nation’s students. Critical to advancing high-impact, collaborative strategies to improve and expand bridges between secondary and post-secondary education, the convening will capture promising practices from K-12 and community college partners. If you would like more information, please contact Tammy Reichelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hail & Farewell Luncheon is the association’s opportunity to wish a fond farewell to retiring CEOs as well as hail new and 25-year CEOs. Held during AACC’s annual convention luncheon program, Hail & Farewell is a celebration of leadership. AACC is now accepting applications for Hail & Farewell recognition until March 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Don’t miss out on the premier community college event of the year: the AACC Annual Convention. Join us in Orlando, Florida, April 13–16. Register now. And check out the preconference sessions, which include the New CEO Academy, Embracing Diversity and Equity: Best Practices in Community Colleges, and Chance Favors the Prepared: Data Protection Strategies in Higher Education.
AACC has nine commissions, which were established to provide advice to the AACC board and staff and to encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations. Interested in serving on a commission? AACC is now accepting applications. CEOs, vice presidents/vice chancellors, associate/assistant vice presidents/vice chancellors, and provosts from AACC member colleges are eligible to apply. Appointments range from 1 to 3 years. Commissions meet twice a year. The deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. (ET).
I look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Labor to expand apprenticeships. Pictured: Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta spoke at the 2017 AACC Summer Board Retreat.
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